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Anaesthesia and analgesia in animal experimentation
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3694-24-00-00There are 10 available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 14/11/2024
Date and time10.12.2024, at: 08:30 - 13.12.2024, at: 17:00
Regular seats12
Course fee10,560.00 kr.
LecturersKlas Abelson
ECTS credits3.10
Contact personKlas Abelson    E-mail address: klasab@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content

This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD Students from NorDoc member faculties. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from NorDoc member faculties. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

Learning objectives

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. Understand and explain the physiological and pharmacological mechanisms of anaesthesia and analgesia

2. Have insight in the setup of an anaesthetic protocol and a pre- and post-operative welfare monitoring scheme

3. Compare different anaesthetic and analgesic treatment strategies and have insight in how to select relevant drugs for various experimental situations

4. Understand and demonstrate relevant methods and equipment for maintenance and monitoring of the anaesthesia appropriate to the species concerned

5. Understand and demonstrate relevant methods for post-operative pain assessment and management


The course covers theoretical and practical aspects of anaesthesia and analgesia in animal experimentation. It intends to give a thorough understanding of anaesthetic mechanisms, selection and combination of drugs and how to apply these in practice. It also aims at giving a thorough understanding of pain physiology, assessment and alleviation.

The course includes theoretical and practical approaches of induction of anaesthesia, endotracheal intubation, intravenous access and monitoring of anaesthesia, via lectures, demostrations and practical exercises on rats and pigs. In addition, case studies and group work will give the students the opportunity to discuss various experimental situations and how to best apply proper anaesthesia and analgesia in these.

The course adheres to the modules 20 and 21 in the European Commission Framework for Education and Training under the Directive 2010/63/EU, and thus covers the required content to cover the specific learning outcomes for these modules: https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/fca9ae7f-2554-11e9-8d04-01aa75ed71a1


The course is aimed at PhD-students, other academics and technical staff who perform animal experimentation involving invasive procedures that require anaeshtesia. The participants shall have passed a course in laboratory animal science for at least functions A and D according to Directive 2010/63/EU, Article 23.2 (formerly FELASA C or B courses), or have similar qualifications.

Relevance to graduate programmes

The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

All graduate programmes




Lectures, seminars with case studies, group work, demonstrations and practical hands-on exercises.

Course director

Klas Abelson, Professor, PhD
Department of Experimental Medicine


Klas Abelson, Professor, PhD
Department of Experimental Medicine

Carsten Gr√łndahl, PhD, Chief Veterinarian
Copenhagen Zoo

Other specialists in the field.


10-13 December 2024

Course location

Panum building, Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 Copenhagen N


Please register before 14 November 2024

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules. Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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